Is Basic Cremations a Funeral Home?

No, we are not a funeral home, we are what is technically termed a "Transfer Service" licensed by the Ontario Board of Funeral Services and our managing director is a licensed Ontario Funeral Director. In most cases this benefits families in terms of costs.

How are you different from a Funeral Home?

We specialize in alternative services such as, direct cremation, direct burial, memorial services, and shipment of human remains out of the province. Most funeral homes do not like to perform these services since it is a low cost service and they have the burden of ongoing costs associated with running a funeral home. As a transfer service we offer a price for these alternative funeral services that is economical and dignified. This type of establishment license was created by the Ontario Government to allow families an economical choice to by-pass using a traditional Funeral Home, and go directly to an independent alternative service provider.

Do I need to set up a meeting with a director?

Making arrangements should be easy. We are prepared to take care of everything over the phone or online if it makes this process easier for you. We can also come to your home to make the arrangements with you in person.

What is involved with direct cremation?

Direct cremation involves transporting the deceased from the place of death, placing the deceased in a cremation casket, and transportation to the Crematorium for cremation. The arrangements for all necessary registrations with the Government including supplying death certificates and Canada Pension Forms must be completed and our funeral directors will help you complete these forms.

Is embalming required by law?

No, embalming is not required by law in any Canadian Province. Embalming may be the policy of a particular Funeral Home when you are having a visitation or open casket service, however it is not required by law.

If I choose direct cremation can I see the deceased one last time before cremation?

Yes, family members often feel that they would like to see the deceased one last time before cremation. We would never restrict a family from the right to say good bye one last time. We offer each family the time needed to do this at the place of cremation.

What if we want a viewing or to witness the start of the cremation?

A viewing of the cremation, or witnessing the start of the cremation can be arranged with the crematorium with sufficient notice. The crematorium may require an additional fee for the extra work and use of their viewing room.

Will we ever be required to identify our loved one before cremation?

No, we would never require you to do something you do not want to do. We appreciate your right to remember your loved one the way you want to.

Is scattering cremated remains illegal?

No, it is not illegal to scatter cremated remains in Ontario. Families have been told otherwise, sometimes for the purposes of selling an urn or cemetery plot. If you are told that it is "illegal" to scatter cremated remains, please ask that person to show you the appropriate legislation.

Are we required to purchase an urn for the cremated remains?

In addition, you do not have to purchase an urn. Cremated remains come in a sealed plastic bag, which is in either a plastic or cardboard box, depending on the crematorium. This container is suitable whether you are planning on burying or scattering the remains.

What is done with the cremated remains?

Cremated remains may be retained by the family, interred(buried) in a cemetery, placed in a niche in a columbarium, or scattered on one's private property or in a designated area of the cemetery.

Deciding what to do with the cremated remains is a decision that will need to be made. Some families keep the cremated remains in their homes, while others inter in a cemetery. Still others prefer to scatter either in a cemetery or in a personal location such as a cottage or other appropriate place.

Usually when family keeps the cremated remains at home they will put them into an urn or other ornamental container to properly represent them in their home environment. There are several choices in urns and one that suits your needs both from a preference and economic perspective can be acquired through our services.

Interring in a cemetery could include burial of cremated remains in an urn garden or burial in an already existing grave. Most cemetery plots will accept up to three urns even when a casket has already been placed within the plot.

Placing urns in a niche of a columbarium is also becoming a more popular means of final disposition. A columbarium is a large wall and a niche is one of many small compartments in the wall. There are niches that have glass fronts to allow you to see the urn that has been placed inside. Columbarium come in many different varieties and can be either indoor, outdoor, or both.

If you are not scattering in a cemetery, please choose a location very wisely. You want to find somewhere that you can associate with that person for many years to come. A beautiful park where two people may have first met could feel like an ideal place to scatter the remains. However with our world always changing, that beautiful park could one day be turned into a large condominium complex and this may not be an appropriate final disposition.

Definitions of Funeral Terms

Cremation - The rapid oxidation of the deceased through the application of intense heat and flame reducing the remains to bone fragments (not ashes) within a few hours.

Cremation Container - A casket like container into which the deceased is placed for the purpose of cremation. The container eases the handling of the deceased for the crematorium operator and preserves the dignity of the deceased. Cremation containers are made of many different products ranging from simple cardboard to the most exotic types of wood.

Cremation Urn - A cremation urn is the vessel into which the cremated remains are placed after cremation. An urn can be a simple plastic box or it can be made of more ornate materials such as wood, bronze, brass or marble. It can even be made of biodegradable materials that join with the earth after time.

Professional Services - Includes the initial call, service arrangements, various clerical duties and the funeral directors' statement of death.

Registration and Documentation - The preparation of legal documents for the purpose of registering with the Province of Ontario and the delivery of permits and documents as required by law.

Transportation - The transfer of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral facility.

Shelter - Sheltering of the deceased at the funeral facility until time of disposition.

Embalming - The disinfection, preservation, and restoration of human remains for the purpose of viewing. This is done solely at the families discretion.

Direct Cremation - The simplest form of funeral service available. This type of service provides only the basics. It is the decision of choice when a family wishes to have a cremation performed but do not wish to have any type of formal funeral or memorial service.

Memorial Service - For the family that wishes to have the cremation performed and have a service conducted afterwards, usually with the urn present. The funeral home is generally involved in the arrangements of these services, but if families so wish they may arrange the service on their own with the funeral home providing the basics such as service folders, register books, flowers and catering.

Traditional Service - The deceased is present at the service in a casket with cremation or burial following the service. Caskets may be purchased or rented for this type of service.